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Mourinho leads Van Gaal praise
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has led the praise for new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho worked under the Dutchman, who was appointed as David Moyes' successor on Monday, at Barcelona from 1997 to 2000.
"He is a great football manager and I am happy he joins me in the Premier League," Mourinho said. "More important than that, he is a great man and I wish him good."
Wayne Rooney was one of a number of players who took to Twitter to welcome the new manager.
Great to see Louis Van Gaal has been named @ManUtd manager. Looking forward to working with him— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 19, 2014
Rio Ferdinand, who last week revealed he will leave United at the end of the season, posted:
Fantastic. Louis van Gaal the new manager of MU. Good choice to see Ryan as his assistant.— Raimond van der Gouw (@RaivanderGouw) May 19, 2014
Louis Van Gaal it is. Whoever would have thought? Good appointment though. Huge personality was needed to shake up MUFC. Just the man!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2014
Giggs, who announced his retirement from football and will take up a position as Van Gaal's No.2, was also lauded across social networking sites.
Congratulations also to Ryan Giggs on a special career and becoming assistant manager, I'm sure he will do a great job— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) May 19, 2014
Ryan Giggs retires today....so many gold medals he puts B.A. Baracus to shame! No player adapted their game as well & as effective as Giggsy— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 19, 2014